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Old 02-26-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Roof Mounted Spare?

I am pretty surprised I couldn't find any pics of this setup through search. Is there anyone on the site that has placed their spare in a roof basket rather than on the rear gate/bumper?

I kind of like the look of no rear spare but I would hate to get a flat and be stranded waiting for help. I know for some, lifting the tire up there could be a deterrent but I don't have much problems hefting the spare around wherever I want it.

So does anyone have pics of this type of setup?

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Old 02-26-2014, 02:49 PM   #2
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I think you're gonna be pretty hard pressed to find people that have done this...

1. With a lot of us lifted, lifting a 33 or 35+ inch spare from the roof would just plain suck.

2. Limits your ability to fit in garages, parking garages, or any other tight spaces.

3. A roof rack would be needed to make this work which wouldnt be compatible with some us and also limits the ability to remove a hard top.

I dont think this is a good idea...i've seen it done on cherokees but thats about it

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Old 02-26-2014, 02:58 PM   #3
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I agree with owen.
I have seen the rear seat removed and a basket back there holding the spare tire but its kind of on your tailgate for a reason its most convienient.
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:18 PM   #4
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I don't see how it could be any more difficult to lift a spare tire on top of a Wrangler than it is a Cherokee or any other 4WD rig. And if your not parking in mall parking garages, then height shouldn't be a problem either. There tons of room to drive into my shop. If your strong enough to put it up there & willing to do it whenever you need to, then why not. The rack might provide a another spot to mount a shovel, high lift, gas cans, lights, etc too.



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Old 02-26-2014, 03:42 PM   #5
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1. With a lot of us lifted, lifting a 33 or 35+ inch spare from the roof would just plain suck.

2. Limits your ability to fit in garages, parking garages, or any other tight spaces.

3. A roof rack would be needed to make this work which wouldnt be compatible with some us and also limits the ability to remove a hard top.
1) I actually have 33's and a matching spare but I am a pretty big guy and I havent had any issues lifting the tire around so I wasnt too worried about getting it up and down. Hopefully it wouldnt be but maybe once a year I would even use it.

2) I hadnt even considered this and its a great point! I will have to check my garage height b/c the Jeep is lifted and a basket and tire would raise overall height even more. I certainly dont want to park outside all the time

3) I actually have a hard top but I havent done a lot of research yet on baskets. Do they mount to the actual top? I thought most came down and mounted to the body? I wouldnt mint removing the basket to remove the top and then put the basket back on since I would only have to do it twice a year.

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I agree with owen.
I have seen the rear seat removed and a basket back there holding the spare tire but its kind of on your tailgate for a reason its most convienient.
It is definitely more convenient when you need the tire but much less convenient when I need to load stuff into the back like tools and groceries. I have a smittybilt bumper which has the locking pin so I have to undo the pin and swing away the tire to open the back. Doesnt sound like much but when I am running errands and I have to do that five times a trip it gets old. Would be nicer to just pull rear door handle

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That rack look like exactly what I was imagining and I was also thinking about a mounting point for jack and shovel and perhaps even a small amount of equipment when I go camping or such. I just wish I could see a picture of someone who had a setup like this installed to get a better idea.

These are the only two pictures I could find through google. The top one looks to be a custom rack and while I do some of my own fabrication I am not to that point yet.

The bottom is more what I was looking to do but its a very small picture and I wish I could see more.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:44 PM   #6
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My 02 tj with the safari rack. I got it so I could put the cj style tailgate on.

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Old 02-26-2014, 08:48 PM   #7
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They make a million different mounts for the safari rack it can mount shovels, cans, hilift jacks, and u can mount lights on it. A lil bit expensive but my jeep is so unique now and I love it
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:05 PM   #8
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Nice! I really like that custom rear door. Very cool

Do you have any pictures of the rear or rear 3/4 view with that setup? Appreciate you posting
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:09 PM   #9
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Ill be sure to take one tommrow! It looks sick. This is my first jeep and im in the process of building/fixing it so idk how practical it is yet since its not on the road yet. But ill be sure to keep yall informed
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:29 PM   #10
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People complain about jeeps being top heavy already, do you feel a difference with a 35 inch tire up another3 feet?
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:43 AM   #11
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Who wants to lift 100lbs of wheel and tire 8 feet off the ground
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:49 PM   #12
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Looks badass, KJP!
Seems like lifting the spare up there once in a while is a LOT better than moving it aside everytime your opening the tailgate. Plus you could use a hoist to put it up there & just drop it to get it down.
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Because we all carry a hoist with us on the trail
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Old 02-27-2014, 01:22 PM   #14
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I think its a plenty good idea to bring a comealong on a trail with u and its more for show than practicality just like almost everything in a jeep
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I have a winch & a snatch block that would probably work fine. But I was thinking more while it's in the shop. If I'm out on the trail, and for some reason can't get it up there, I might be inclined to just put it in the back till I get home.

It's a hundred lbs. 1/2 of you are lifting twice that at the gym after work.
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:12 PM   #16
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Here's the back of it. The cj tailgate is awesome the hardest part was the latching... still workin on that. But I also have the LED jeep style taillights

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Old 02-27-2014, 04:40 PM   #17
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I don't think the roof mount would be very practical, either, especially considering your raising your center of gravity and it could easily get snagged on obstacles. As an alternative, you could consider something like I did; a custom mount that I could remove from the rear, that sits high enough I can still load camping gear and tools. Its worked great for me for the past 1-2 years:

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Old 03-05-2014, 11:00 PM   #18
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Man I like that idea of the in-cab mount that is removable. That way when going to hit the trails or camping or something I could carry the spare and gear but remove it for around town stuff.

I have had the spare and swing arm off for like a week now and really can tell a difference in driving. Jeep actually seems to handle better without all that weight hanging on the back. Now I just need to fashion a steel plate to clean up the tailgate since it has all those bolts that are no longer used
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Man I like that idea of the in-cab mount that is removable. That way when going to hit the trails or camping or something I could carry the spare and gear but remove it for around town stuff.

I have had the spare and swing arm off for like a week now and really can tell a difference in driving. Jeep actually seems to handle better without all that weight hanging on the back. Now I just need to fashion a steel plate to clean up the tailgate since it has all those bolts that are no longer used
I did the same and will be fabbing up a carrier on the interior some what like above. But I bought a poison spyder trail gate. Really cleans up the whole jeep. I got corners at the same time and had it all powder coated black. It also folds down instead of out making a nice chair for those breaks while wheeling or a trail table if needed.
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